Comic Review: Family Tree #1 (Image Comics)

As if Jeff Lemire didn’t have enough on the go, he’s introducing a new Image title this week: Family Tree. Illustrated by Phil Hester (Shipwreck, Green Arrow), Jeff’s newest story […]

As if Jeff Lemire didn’t have enough on the go, he’s introducing a new Image title this week: Family Tree.

Illustrated by Phil Hester (Shipwreck, Green Arrow), Jeff’s newest story is about a young girl who is turning into a tree. Seriously. No, she’s not ‘Groot’, not ‘Twiggy’, but instead, horrified at being infected.

The back story is that her mom is working at an entry-level job, trying to support the family. Loretta’s son is constantly in trouble at school, and now, well, the problems are branching out.

It’s time to hit the road to find a cure for Meg, but what’s up with the psychos who are getting in the way?

It’s fast and furious, with Lemire’s trademark combination of compelling characters envined (sorry) in trouble of a horror-sci-fi-speculative fiction variety.

Artwork is of the ‘quirky indie’ variety rather than gleaming-ultra realism. Colouring is muted, flats instead of radiating multi-prisms. It all works.

Image, Family Tree #1, $3.99 for 24 pages of content. Mature readers

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